The San Francisco International Film Festival is over for another year. But fear not, festival fans. Hola México started its six-day run at the Embarcadero last night, and I Still Wake Up Dreaming: Noir Is Dead! / Long Live Noir! starts its two-week run at the Roxie Thursday night. So let’s see what else is … Continue reading What’s Screening: May 7 – 13
I somehow missed a whole other festival that’s opening tomorrow: Hola México. This six-day travelling festival has already played in LA, and will go to Miami when it’s done here. As the name implies, this is a festival of Mexican cinema. I know nothing about it except what’s on the web site.
I saw 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea with Stephin Merritt last night (Tuesday night). It will probably be my last event at this year’s San Francisco International Film Festival. What a disappointing way to end an otherwise enjoyable festival! Coincidentally, this was the third silent film event I’ve attended in the last two months where … Continue reading SFIFF: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea with Stephin Merritt
A Marwencol I saw three films at the Festival on Sunday, all documentaries. And two of them were about people living in fantasy worlds. Marwencol was the best of the three. Five men attacked Mark Hogancamp with such viciousness he lost his entire memory and considerable brain function. As a form of self-therapy, he has … Continue reading SFIFF: Marwencol
A- Presumed Guilty In Mexico, the accused are guilty until proven innocent, and the courts really aren’t interested in who’s innocent. That José Antonio Zúñiga was arrested and convicted of murder with bad evidence against him and ignored evidence in his favor is hardly unique. What was unique is that lawyers-turned-documentary-filmmakers Roberto Hernández and Layda … Continue reading SFIFF: Presumed Guilty
B+ Life 2.0 I came into Life 2.0 knowing nothing about Second Life, the online virtual world that’s the subject of Jason Spingarn-Koff’s documentary. I came out knowing a little bit about how it works, and a good deal about how it effects its more fanatical (one’s tempted to say “more addicted”) citizens. The film … Continue reading SFIFF: Life 2.0
I may have to tell some of my readers who James Schamus is, but Roger Ebert needs no introduction. First film critic to win a Pulitzer. Co-star of the longest-running, most successful film-related television show in history. Champion of independent, foreign, and classic cinema who never lost his deep appreciation of Hollywood entertainment. Victim of … Continue reading SFIFF: Roger Ebert
I only went to two events at the San Francisco International Film Festival on Saturday, but their combined runtime was about 8 hours. And that didn’t include getting from the Kabuki to the Castro via Muni. Each event was a tribute, complete with praise, questions (well, one of the events had questions), and a film. … Continue reading SFIFF: James Schamus